Hyundai sued for lying about Elantra's fuel economy
A lawsuit has been filed against Hyundai Motor America claiming that it deceived customers in regard to gas mileage claims. The claim, which was filed in Sacramento Superior Court, alleges that the automaker’s ad for its Elantra model was disingenuous because it included the phrase “The 40 mile per gallon Elantra.”
Filed by Consumer Watchdog and Cuneo Gilbert and LaDuca, LLP, the lawsuit also accuses Hyundai of attempting to manipulate customers concerned about escalating gas prices and fuel economy. Although the Elantra may average 40 mpg during ideal highway driving conditions, it does not achieve that same figure under most other driving scenarios. Hyundai’s advertisements for the 2011 and 2012 Elantra models caused tens of thousands of California drivers to purchase the vehicle under false pretenses, says Consumer Watchdog.
"I feel like Hyundai took advantage of me. Hyundai's advertisements about the '40 MPG' gas mileage of the Elantra instantly caught my attention. I bought the car thinking I would be seeing major savings at the pump and getting over 500 miles per tank, but Hyundai fooled me," said Louis Bird of Sacramento, California, a 2011 Elantra owner.
Bird, who is representing other customers in the lawsuit, went on to say, "I have not saved any money on gas and have been driving the Elantra for well over a year now. It is frustrating and disappointing. I never would have bought the Elantra in the first place if I hadn't seen Hyundai's ads boasting about gas mileage."